The National Hospice and Palliative Day encourages tough conversations about life and death



FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Heartland Home Health Care & Hospice encourages families to talk about what their final days should be.

Heartland divisional director Steph Walker says it’s an issue some people avoid, but she wants to use National Hospice and Palliative Care Day to change that. Hospice and palliative care cares for chronically ill people who need support and care for their lives or perhaps in the last year of their lives.

The focus is strongly on the quality of life.

“Most of us want to die at home or wherever we are, and unfortunately, more than 70% of those who die die in an acute hospital surrounded by strangers,” said Walker. “Well-intentioned strangers, but strangers nonetheless.”

Her advice is for families to talk about what their final days should be like.

“Share with your family what is most important to you, what makes you feel safe and loved, and what you look forward to,” said Walker. “So that you as a person have just as much power over what your daily life looks like, but also what your death looks like.”

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Day is celebrated on October 10th. It comes a day after Heartland installed the tape at their new facility at 2720 Dupont Commerce Ct. has severed. According to Walker, moving to a larger space will allow them to expand their programs.

“It enables us to better care for patients and increase our staff,” said Walker. “We also have additional space to provide grief groups to our community, as well as other opportunities for our caregivers to come together and brainstorm and support our community from this beautiful new place.”

The move takes place after 36 years of business activity.



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